Using our collections

During your visit we can provide desk space, magnifying glasses and access to a mains power supply. The Museum provides access to both Eduroam and public WiFi (both free). We can help you locate material in our collections, as well as any relevant literature.

To book a visit, please email:

Manuscripts or photographs:

Our facilities

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Research room and documentation

Our dedicated space for visiting researchers (available by appointment), holds all of the Museum’s original accession records and other research documentation.

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Research photography

Visiting researchers are welcome to take their own images of objects, photographs and manuscripts that they consult. Our research room is equipped with light boxes for viewing slides, tripods and a portable studio light tent for artefact photography.

If you are applying for grant funding to work with the Museum’s collections, please contact us in advance to check that this will be possible within your timeframe and to quote for any photographic costs. 

Access for visitors with additional needs

Parking spaces can be provided for researchers with restricted mobility, if advance notice is given. Level access to the Museum is via the south entrance on Robinson Close, off South Parks Road.

Access to the research room on the first floor is either via lift or stairs. To ensure suitable arrangements are made to view material, please notify staff in advance if you have restricted mobility or other needs.

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